- Kevin Lynch (hunger striker)
Infobox 1981 Hungerstriker
irish= Caoimhín Ó Loingsigh
name= Kevin Lynch
dateofbirth= 25 May, 1956
Dungiven, County Londonderry
hungerstrikestarted= 23 May, 1981
died= 1 August, 1981
daysonstrike= 71|:"For other people with this name see
Kevin Lynch."Kevin Lynch ( Irish name: Caoimhín Ó Loingsigh; [cite web | title = Ag bunadh Gaeltachta | url = http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/18951 | publisher = " An Phoblacht" | date = 3 May 2007| accessdate = 2007-10-29] May 25 1956- 1 August 1981) was an Irish Republican hunger striker and member of the Irish National Liberation Army(INLA) from Park near Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Dungiven hurlingteam was renamed Kevin Lynch's Hurling Clubin his honour after his death.
Lynch was the youngest in a family of eight children born to Paddy and Bridie Lynch in Park, south County Derry.
Lynch's older brother, Frank, was an amateur boxer and Kevin also participated in boxing as well and
Gaelic footballand hurling. Lynch was a member of the winning Dungiven team which won the Feile na nGaelin Thurles, County Tipperaryin 1971 and in 1972 he captained the County Derry Hurling team to an Under-16 All-Irelandtitle at Croke Park, Dublinby beating County Armagh. ["Tírghrá", National Commemoration Centre, 2002. PB) ISBN 0-9542946-0-2 p.241]
He was tried, convicted and sentenced to ten years for stealing shotguns, taking part in a punishment shooting and conspiring to take arms from the security forces and sent to the Maze Prison for ten years in December 1977. He got involved in the
blanket protestand joined the 1981 Irish Hunger Strikeon May 23, 1981and died 71 days later.
* [http://larkspirit.com/hungerstrikes/bios/lynch.html Biography from IRIS, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 1981] (Sinn Féin publication)
* [http://www.irsm.org/fallen/lynch/ Biography from the Irish Republican Socialist Movement]
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